SOURCE: Swank, Inc.

February 24, 2011 16:27 ET

Swank, Inc. Reports Increased Net Sales and Net Income for the Quarter and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2010

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 24, 2011) - John Tulin, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SWANK, INC. (PINKSHEETS: SNKI), today reported financial results for the Company's fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2010.

Net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010 was $3,563,000 or $.63 per diluted share compared to net income of $1,266,000 or $.22 per diluted share for the corresponding quarter in 2009. For the year ended December 31, 2010, net income was $4,174,000 or $.74 per diluted share compared to $1,778,000 or $.31 per diluted share last year. Net sales for the quarter increased 26.2% to $45,032,000 and, for the year, increased 15.6% to $132,702,000, in both cases as compared to the corresponding periods in 2009.

Income before taxes for the quarter was $5,785,000 compared to $2,784,000 for 2009's fourth quarter and for the year, was $6,086,000 compared to $3,633,000 last year. Income before taxes for 2010 includes a pretax charge recorded during the first quarter of $1,492,000 associated with inventory disposal and other costs incurred by us in connection with the termination of our relationship with Style 365, LLC ("Style 365"), a marketer of women's belts and accessories. Exclusive of that charge, income before taxes in 2010 more than doubled to $7,578,000 compared to $3,633,000 in 2009.

Commenting on the results for the quarter and year, Mr. Tulin said, "We had a very strong finish to 2010 as our net sales during the fourth quarter increased more than 26% and our net income for the quarter nearly tripled relative to 2009's fourth quarter. The quarter capped off a very good year for the Company as net income for the 12-month period increased to $4,174,000 against $1,778,000 in 2009, despite the $1,492,000 pretax charge related to Style 365 that we recorded during the first quarter."

Mr. Tulin continued, "Our positive results in 2010 reflect our success in achieving market share growth in certain key brands and expanding our distribution to include additional retail venues. We were also able to control our inventory levels as overall inventory investment at year-end 2010 was more than $1,000,000 lower than at the same time last year despite a significant increase in net sales, particularly during the fall season. Our challenge in 2011 will be to maintain that momentum and take advantage of our core strengths to generate additional growth and continue to strengthen our balance sheet."

Results for the Fourth Quarter ended December 31, 2010

Net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010 was $3,563,000 or $.63 per diluted share compared to $1,266,000 or $.22 per diluted share for the corresponding quarter in 2009. Income before taxes for the quarter was $5,785,000 compared to $2,784,000 for the same period in 2009.

Net sales during the quarter increased 26.2% to $45,032,000 compared to $35,686,000 for the corresponding period in 2009. The increase during the quarter was principally due to higher net sales of our men's belt and personal leather goods merchandise, offset in part by an increase in in-store markdowns and other customer allowances. Men's belt net sales increased 37.5% during the quarter mainly due to orders for certain branded merchandise received from wholesale club accounts as well as increased shipments of private label belts to existing department and chain store accounts. Net sales for our men's personal leather goods also increased due to higher shipments for a number of our merchandise collections. The increase in customer allowances was primarily due to higher net sales.

Gross profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 increased $3,300,000 or 27.3% and, as a percentage of net sales, increased to 34.2% compared to 33.9%, in both cases as compared to the same period last year. The increase in gross profit during the quarter was due to higher net sales as well as reductions in certain inventory-related expenses, including merchandise markdowns associated with out of line inventory, offset partially by a reduction in our gross margin, mainly for belts, and increased product royalty expense.

Selling and administrative expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 increased $265,000 or 2.9% to $9,493,000 compared to $9,228,000 for last year's fourth quarter. As a percentage of net sales, selling and administrative expenses were 21.1% and 25.9% for the quarters ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 respectively. The increase in selling and administrative expenses was mainly due to increases in sales-related compensation and warehouse and distribution costs, offset in part by reductions in selling expenses associated with women's accessories and certain fringe benefit programs.

Net interest expense for the quarter was $134,000, an increase of $34,000 or 34.0% compared to last year. The increase was mainly due to higher average borrowings during the quarter due to working capital requirements associated with higher net sales during the fall 2010 season relative to the prior year.

Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2010

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $4,174,000 or $.74 per diluted share compared to net income of $1,778,000 or $.31 per diluted share last year. Income before taxes was $6,086,000 and $3,633,000 for the years ended December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively. Exclusive of the Style 365 charge recorded during the first quarter, income before taxes for 2010 was $7,578,000.

Net sales for the twelve-month period increased 15.6% to $132,702,000 compared to $114,798,000 last year. The increase was due to higher shipments of our men's belts, personal leather goods and gift accessories, offset in part by increases in customer allowances for returns, in-store markdowns, and cooperative advertising. Net sales of our belt merchandise increased 29.3% in 2010 due mainly to orders for certain branded goods from wholesale club accounts and increased net sales for a number of our private label collections. The increase in customer allowances was largely volume-related.

Net sales for both 2010 and 2009 include annual adjustments recorded during the second quarter to reflect the variance between customer returns of prior year shipments actually received in the current year and the allowance for customer returns which was established at the end of the preceding fiscal year. This adjustment increased net sales by $782,000 for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to an increase of $668,000 in 2009. The favorable adjustments in both years resulted from actual returns experience during the spring selling seasons being better than anticipated compared to the respective reserves established at the end of the previous fiscal years.

Gross profit for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010 increased $4,623,000 or 12.7% as compared to 2009. Gross profit expressed as a percentage of net sales declined to 30.9% in 2010 compared to 31.7% last year. The increase in gross profit dollars was due to higher net sales while the decrease as a percentage of net sales was primarily due to the charge associated with the termination of our relationship with Style 365 recorded during the first quarter as well as an increase in merchandise cost offset in part by lower inventory control costs. Exclusive of the Style 365 charge, gross profit increased $6,115,000 or 16.8% and gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 32.1%.

As described above, we record an adjustment each year during our second quarter to reconcile actual customer returns received during the spring season with the reserve established at the end of the preceding year. Those adjustments resulted in an increase in gross profit of $547,000 and $440,000 for fiscal 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Selling and administrative expenses for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2010 increased $2,157,000 or 6.7% compared to the previous year. Selling and administrative expenses expressed as a percentage of net sales were 26.0% and 28.2%, for 2010 and 2009, respectively. The increase in dollar terms was primarily attributable to increases in variable sales-driven costs including sales compensation and related benefits, advertising in support of our various license agreements, warehouse and distribution costs, professional fees and customer-related service and support costs.

Net interest expense for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2010 increased by $13,000 or 3.2% compared to the prior year. The increase was due to slightly higher average borrowing costs.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the preceding paragraphs contain forward-looking statements, which are based upon current expectations and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, readers should note that these statements may be impacted by, and the Company's actual performance and results may vary as a result of, a number of factors including general economic and business conditions, continuing sales patterns, pricing, competition, consumer preferences, and other factors.

Swank designs and markets men's jewelry and men's and women's belts and personal leather accessories. The Company distributes its products to retail outlets throughout the United States and in numerous foreign countries. These products, which are known throughout the world, are distributed under the names "Kenneth Cole", "Tommy Hilfiger", "Nautica", "Geoffrey Beene", "Claiborne", "Guess?", "Tumi", "Buffalo David Bitton", "Chaps", "Donald Trump", "Pierre Cardin", "US Polo Association", and "Swank". Swank also distributes men's jewelry and leather items to retailers under private labels.

                              SWANK, INC.
                CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)
            FOR THE QUARTERS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009
          (Dollars in thousands except share and per share data)



                                                          2010      2009
                                                        --------- ---------

Net sales                                               $  45,032 $  35,687

Cost of goods sold                                         29,620    23,575
                                                        --------- ---------

Gross profit                                               15,412    12,112

Selling and administrative expenses                         9,493     9,228
                                                        --------- ---------

Income from operations                                      5,919     2,884

Interest expense                                              134       100
                                                        --------- ---------

Income before income taxes                                  5,785     2,784

Income tax provision                                        2,222     1,518
                                                        --------- ---------

Net income                                              $   3,563 $   1,266
                                                        ========= =========

Share and per share information:
Basic net income per weighted average common share
 outstanding                                            $     .63 $     .22
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding        5,637,936 5,666,300

Diluted net income per weighted average common share
 outstanding                                            $     .63 $     .22
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding      5,637,936 5,667,005






                                SWANK, INC.
                CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)
          FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND 2009
          (Dollars in thousands except share and per share data)



                                                          2010      2009
                                                        --------- ---------

Net sales                                               $ 132,702 $ 114,798

Cost of goods sold                                         90,161    78,372

Costs associated with termination of Style 365
 agreement                                                  1,492         -
                                                        --------- ---------

Cost of goods sold                                         91,653    78,372

Gross profit                                               41,049    36,426

Selling and administrative expenses                        34,541    32,384
                                                        --------- ---------

Income from operations                                      6,508     4,042

Interest expense                                              422       409
                                                        --------- ---------

Income before income taxes                                  6,086     3,633

Income tax provision                                        1,912     1,855
                                                        --------- ---------

Net income                                              $   4,174 $   1,778
                                                        ========= =========

Share and per share information:
Basic net income per weighted average common share
 outstanding                                            $     .74 $     .31
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding        5,664,236 5,670,438

Diluted net income per weighted average common share
 outstanding                                            $     .74 $     .31
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding      5,664,236 5,670,756






                                SWANK, INC.
                         CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
                 (Dollars in thousands except share data)



                                            (Unaudited)
                                     December 31, 2010   December 31, 2009
                                    ------------------- -------------------
           ASSETS
Current:
   Cash and cash equivalents                  $  3,235            $    571
   Accounts receivable, less
    allowances of $7,798 and $6,137
    respectively                                20,214              16,324
   Inventories, net:
      Work in process                     773                 872
      Finished goods                   21,848              22,872
                                    ---------           ---------
                                                22,621              23,744
   Deferred taxes, current                       2,713               2,132
   Prepaid and other current assets              1,150               1,293
                                              --------            --------

      Total current assets                      49,933              44,064

Property, plant and equipment, net
 of accumulated depreciation                     1,132                 888
Deferred taxes, noncurrent                       2,118               2,252
Other assets                                     2,905               3,479
                                              --------            --------

Total assets                                  $ 56,088            $ 50,683
                                              ========            ========

           LIABILITIES
Current:
   Note payable to bank                       $  5,287            $      -
   Current portion of long-term
    obligations                                    711                 497
   Accounts payable                              4,151               9,456
   Accrued employee compensation                 1,748               2,016
   Other current liabilities                     3,916               2,698
                                              --------            --------

      Total current liabilities                 15,813              14,667

Long-term obligations                            6,584               6,432
                                              --------            --------

Total liabilities                               22,397              21,099
                                              --------            --------

        STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Preferred stock, par value $1.00:
   Authorized - 300,000 shares and
   1,000,000 shares, respectively                    -                   -
Common stock, par value $.10:
   Authorized - 43,000,000 shares:
Issued - 6,429,095 and 6,418,789
 shares, respectively                              642                 642
Capital in excess of par value                   2,605               2,322
Retained earnings                               33,430              29,256
Accumulated other comprehensive
 (loss), net of tax                               (696)               (493)
Treasury stock, at cost, 800,350
 and 752,489 shares, respectively               (2,290)             (2,143)
                                              --------            --------

      Total stockholders' equity                33,691              29,584
                                              --------            --------

Total liabilities and stockholders'
 equity                                       $ 56,088            $ 50,683
                                              ========            ========

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jerold R. Kassner
    Swank, Inc.
    Taunton, MA 02780
    (508) 822-2527